- Secretary-general Ace Magashule says that the ANC needs to take its time considering the integrity commission report calling for him to step down
- The embattled ANC politician commented on his corruption saga during an address in his Free State hometown
- The secretary-general's supporters have been coming to his defence, questioning how the report was leaked in the first place
The ANC has been encouraged to 'take whatever time we take' when deliberating over how to process the integrity commission's report recommended Ace Magashule should step down.
This is according to the secretary-general himself in response to questions over the report which had been leaked on Tuesday. Magashule insists that he would not immediately step down, rather leaving it to the National Executive Committee to decide.
News24 reports that Magashule had addressed his plan of action during an address in his Free State hometown this week:
"There is a process by the NEC of the ANC which is the second-highest decision-making body of the ANC after the national conference, and I think the integrity commission was doing its work. Let's leave it there and leave the matter to the NEC."
The politician is also adamant that there is no amount of pressure the media can exert that would result in him stepping aside.
His supporters have questioned how the report could have been leaked with many calling for the integrity commission to answer for the incident.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ace Magashule has to step aside according to the ruling party's Integrity Commission's recommendation.
The committee's recommendation called for Magashule to step aside pending the outcome of his fraud and corruption case, with suspension mentioned should he fail to willingly comply.
A three-page report to the party's national executive committee insisted that party resolutions should be applied without fear or favour.
The resolution states that members who are facing formal charges should step aside pending the finalisation of the respective cases.
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